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A City in Terror: Calvin Coolidge and the 1919 Boston Police by Rosalind Russell PDF

By Rosalind Russell

On September nine, 1919, an American nightmare got here precise. the total Boston police strength abandoned their posts, leaving town nearly defenseless. ladies have been raped on road corners, shops have been looted, and pedestrians have been overwhelmed and robbed whereas crowds not just seemed on yet cheered.

The police strike and the mayhem that made an not easily seen governor, Calvin Coolidge, recognized all through the USA, turning him right into a nationwide hero and, finally, a president. It additionally created a monster: for 2 days, greater than 700,000 citizens of Boston's city middle have been with out police defense, and the mob governed the streets.

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